Serial purse snatcher targets woman at Federal Way store

Staff advised police the same vehicle did the same thing at stores in Seattle, Tukwila and Kent and the license plate was captured at one of the stores.

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log:

Feb. 18

DUI investigation: At 1:32 a.m. at 34800 Pacific Highway S., Washington State Patrol assisted Federal Way police with a DUI investigation following a three-car accident that caused injuries.

Purse snatching: At 6:49 p.m. at 1628 S. 344th St., the victim reported she was putting groceries into her vehicle when a dark colored SUV pulled up behind her. As she walked her shopping cart back up to the store, a male exited the SUV and stole her purse off the front seat of her vehicle. Staff advised police that the same vehicle did the same thing at stores in Seattle, Tukwila and Kent and the license plate was captured at one of the stores as Washington registration BSF2504. Police did not specify which store this happened at in their narrative, however, the Federal Way location shows up in Google Maps as a Cash and Carry near the Walmart Supercenter.

Tequila heist: At 9:52 p.m. at 32095 Pacific Highway S., staff at Total Wine and More reported a theft that took place several hours earlier. Staff said a middle-aged female filled a cart with 12 bottles of tequila and exited the store without any attempt to pay for the items.

Accidental shooting: At 9:19 p.m. at 33020 10th Ave. SW, a man called 911 stating he accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Feb. 17

Wrong vehicle: At 8:30 a.m. at 2014 SW 317th Place, a vehicle was stolen by an unknown suspect while warming up in the respondent’s driveway. While tracking the vehicle via its GPS, dispatch advised that the vehicle was tracking to the area of Southwest 312th Street and Steel Lake Park. An officer in the area saw the vehicle that matched the stolen vehicle’s description enter the park. The vehicle was located parked, running and occupied. Police performed a high risk stop and detained the driver. As he was being detained, police learned the vehicle was not involved. The driver was released. The vehicle was located in SeaTac unoccupied and returned to its owner.

Agency assist: Subject was arrested on a felony warrant. Police discovered a plethora of drug paraphernalia during a subsequent search.

Feb. 16

DUI arrest: At 1:06 a.m. at 100 S. Dash Point Road, the suspect was driving his vehicle eastbound on South Dash Point Road and collided with the guardrail. After an investigation he was arrested for DUI. The case was forwarded to the Federal Way prosecutor.

Weapons offense: At 9:58 p.m. in the 3000 block of 22nd Ave. SW, police responded to the area of Southwest 333rd Street and 22nd Place Southwest for the sounds of a shooting.

Feb. 15

Obstructing justice: At 7:49 a.m. at 821 S. 310th Place, officers responded to a residence where a male had an active felony warrant. Upon arrival, the suspect fled on foot and officers were able to detain him. He was transported to King County Jail.

Feb. 14

Smoking meth: At 4:51 p.m. at 1207 S. 320th St., a witness called to report that people were smoking meth inside a vehicle at the Safeway parking lot. Upon police arrival, the male provided police with a false name. He then provided his correct name, and police learned he had four active warrants for his arrest, one of which was a Department of Corrections felony warrant. He was booked into SCORE without incident.